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Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)

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4,481 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,481
Reviews: 1,603
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 2,795
Gots: 1,265 | FT: 100
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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
(Yellow Cap)

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001)
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3.75/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Could I be possible that I had a bad bottle? Looks good with a murky brown color and quickly disappearing caramel head. Smells fantastic, sweet and fruity. Taste is heavy with fruits, figs, none of the "bread" taste I had had expected. Mouthfeel is thick. Drinkability suffers a bit because of the heaviness. I prefer the Bernardus and to a greater extent, the westy 8.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 00:48:41 | More by sonicdescent
Photo of joe1510


4.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl Bottle

I get to try this heavy hitter of Belgian brew courtesy of BitterBill, thanks a lot Bill! Westy twelve fills up my goblet to the halfway point with a murky rusty red liquid that has some viscosity and borders on the darkest of browns. I poured hard but could only conjure up a half finger beige head that quickly swirled to a small island of foam and a short collar. Surprisingly this small collar leaves behind some nice lacework down the glass.

The nose has a lot of depth and a solid amount of booziness. There's a ton of fruit jumping from the glass each time I stick my beak in there. Dates, plums, prune all come to mind along with brandy macerated raisins. There's even a spicy apricot flavor that I didn't at all expect. Musty, somewhat earthy notes lie deep in the background along with mild freshly baked pumpernickel bread. I'm really getting into the smell of this beer. The longer I smell the more I like.

This big quad seems to come across the palate a little muddled when compared to the nose but is still very good. Prunes and the brandy macerated raisins are the main culprits on the tongue with the figs and dates bringing up the rear. Bready notes litter the background and the spicy, musty yeast adds a nice touch of depth. There's a little too much alcohol on the swallow that seems to push some of the other flavors aside. I'm being picky with this brew, I know, but it really is very good.

I wasn't so sure of the mouthfeel of this beer when I first started drinking it. The body seemed a little on the thin side and the carbonation didn't have that snap that brings the frothy finish like others of the style. As this beer breathes the body falls nicely into place with a medium-full body and a slight stick. The alcohol fumes rise through the throat nicely.

As big as this beer is it goes down easily and is a joy at every sip. The lighter than expected body keeps this beer flowing without a problem.

This is a damn fine beer and one I would love to have more bottles of. I believe I enjoy St. Bernardus' version more so but this is the highest of quality. Thanks again for the treat Bill!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 05:42:36 | More by joe1510
Photo of ibbjamin


4.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this in a trade with deepsouth. Poured into a large snifter.

Pours like a nice, smooth, creamy Belgian. Leaves a moderate quarter inch rather fizzy head. Retains pretty well. A dark brown, cloudy and well carbonated appearance. Some lacing.

Smells of creamy, sweet candied figs and dark fruits. Yummy!

Taste is very alive and intriguing. Candied dark fruits. Some breadiness to it, but not too yeasty. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel is everthing I expected in a great Belgian; silky smooth, moderate carbonation and easy to drink.

A great beer, but a bit overrated in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 02:21:01 | More by ibbjamin
Photo of hellbilly


4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BB 12/18/10

hazy auburn brown pour with a monstrous tan head. cinnamon cream colored yeast hits last and creates little designs in the fluff.

very vinous aroma changes every time i go back for another sniff... white wine, brown sugar, milk chocolate, malt powder and vanilla all show up.

the palate is quite spicy and has a ton of yeasty bitterness... earthy, woody, real maple syrup, concentrated malt powder and lots of chocolate chip cookie dough flavors. pleasant perfume before the dry spicy finish. it's only mildly sweet though dry at the same time. medium body seems a bit thin considering how much is going on, the abv% and how NOT sweet it is. creamy texture is rich in the mouth but not heavy.

i really enjoy the balance, alcohol and complexity yet the sugar level is kept low making it crazy easy to drink and enjoy. sure it smells alright and tastes ok... but it's the whole package that makes it great!

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 19:20:13 | More by hellbilly
Photo of abecall98


4.58/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thank you Macdommer for the trade.

A - pours a purple thick cloudy dark color. Nice white head after the pour, as well as being retained nicely. Holding it up to the light, the color looks magnificent.

S - very sweet, almost like fresh sweet raisins. Smell is in no way overpowering, and smells of the most fresh ingredients.

T - very sweet, small bitter bite, and the sweet sweet taste of fresh raisins. The sweetness of this beer is beyond belief. For a 10.2% alcohol, the sweetness is definitely the front line taste, followed by brief bitterness and a hint of alcohol.

M - very well carbonated, the taste is able to move freely throughout the mouth. Not very creamy, and for a good reason. This beer is all about a smooth carbonation that leaves a small aftertaste that makes you wanting more.

D - here is where it loses some points. The small aftertaste of the alcohol makes this one less drinkable than other brews. This is drinkable, yes, just not the most drinkable beer I have had. The small alcohol bite at the end is the most unappealing aspect of an almost perfect beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 18:19:04 | More by abecall98
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4.58/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #500. Received from Raznug for as a BA Secret Santa Gift! Thought it would be appropriate to review the #1 rated beer in the world with this landmark review. Poured into my Chimay Chalice.

A- Body is a very hazy dark brown color. Pours with a minimally creamy off white head. Head subsides to a thick half-moon collar with no collar around half of it and an eggshell creamy remnants of the head in the center. When held up to the light one can see the thick, dynamic cloudiness of this brew.

S- The overall impression of the nose is slightly sweet. Raisins, figs, root beer, cola, grapes, plums are mostly upfront and have a background of slightly spicy Belgian yeast and a very subtle, sneaky alcohol background.

T-The initial flavors are exquisite and balanced. A perfect bland of spicy Belgian yeast, fig, malt, and and dark fruits such as sweet raisins and slightly tart plum mix perfectly and give off a root beer and cola-like flavor. The spicy yeast comes through a little more for the finish as well as a slight bitter alcohol bite. The flavor then turns around and ends with a sweet fruity note. A slight essence of spicy Belgian yeast lingers. Flavor is wonderful and complex.

M-Medium carbonation and wonderfully smooth and creamy body. Yeasty and smooth but with a touch of alcohol astringency.

D-This is a wonderful quadruple and it was truly and honor to try it. As far as pure drinkability is concerned; it is definitely a slow sipper. This, and other good examples of the style, IMO,are meant to be slipped slowly as you contemplate the complexity of what was produced. The ABV is quite noticeable and if you don't take your time with this brew you surely won't get a chance to appreciate it. Due to its $ and availability, its a beer that was definitely worth it for the first try/review but I will reserve obtaining it again for a VERY special occasion. A bit overrated (Its hard to be a perfect beer across the board)-but still an excellent, stand-out, well put together brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 22:01:00 | More by PittBeerGirl
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4.88/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I found this beer for sale at O'Brien's, with a hefty price tag for a 12 oz. Still, it was cheaper than a ticket to Belgium and I wasn't about to pass up the top rated beer in the world. Pours murky brown with a big tan head that stays around for a while. Pleasantly sweet aroma of cherries, prunes, brown sugar, licorice, bread dough, oak, and yeast. Unbeleivably light mouthfeel. Its like the beer hovers on your tongue. Amazing taste. It mimics the aroma quite well, with an intriguing combination of tastes. I had the same problem as others: it was very, very difficult to pin down specific flavors. It was almost as if the beer was blending and mixing while in your mouth. Sweet, sour, spice, and fruit were in constant motion and made up a beer that is almost undescribably good. It was well worth its price.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 19:41:49 | More by magictrokini
Photo of charlesw

New York

4.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So there you have it. I cracked and bought me some westy 12 - just to see what it was like. Well, holy cow. It's good. It's so good that I promptly made a clone recipe and brewed up 20 gallons. It's the best beer I've ever made. And... And it only has hints of this in it. Man, this is good. Perfectly balanced between sweetness, fruitiness, bitterness. Like, what? When did Belgians get bitter? Anyway, wow. Golly.
And, ha, very little of any Belgian taste to it. Like... Like they didn't even use Belgian yeast or something. So, strange and interesting and magic - this is good. I'd drink it every day - only it's just not available. As it is, I drink my clone every day. Just cracked my second westy 12 and found so many more things I can change in mine - to try to bring it a little closer. Oh! Man is this stuff good!

This is the best beer I've ever consumed. Amazing. Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 21:19:54 | More by charlesw
Photo of gregmurer


5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

5 for all... 100% perfect??? Is it possible...

In deed, it is... those monks are crazy... they just made the best beer i ever drink...

dark like the night, smelly like a sweet, the mouthfeel is heavy but it's really drinkable without any doubts... And the taste... incredible... strong toffee, nice sweet bitterness, the alcool is present but it's taste is not too much present, so... it's well balanced for a (very) strong beer... 10.20% damn... those monks knows how life should be... maybe they found the best way to live a good life...

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 08:57:57 | More by gregmurer
Photo of thekanna


4.97/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at "In de Vrede" cafe near the Sint-Sixtus Abdij in Vleteren, Belgium, after taking a 2-hour train ride from Brussels to Ieper and biking for 20 km.

Appearance: A gorgeous dark, syrupy brown with a thin head; served in a silver-rimmed Westvleteren goblet.

Smell: Strong hints of chocolate, coffee, and overall sweetness. Also faint notes of dates and caramel.

Taste: Incredibly complex. Fresh-made italian espresso, bitter chocolate (>85% cacao), dates, raisins, figs, slight butterscotch, toffee candy sweetness pervade this extraordinary brew. The complexity masks its high alcohol content all too well. Goes down smooth and slightly sticky, leaving behind an almost oily film. The mouthfeel is like nothing else.

Overall notes: This is by far the best beer I've ever tasted, and completely worth any pilgrimage to sample it.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 04:44:32 | More by thekanna
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4.97/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, here we go. I got this in a trade with miketd. Thanks Mike! I have been wanting to have my own bottle of this for a long time. Wrote this review doing a slight side-by-side tasting with midaszero, his was brand new, and mine is 3 years old - I believe.

11.2 oz bottle into a snifter.

Date on the cap reads 13.09.08

Appearance - Pours a deep burgundy from the bottle. It is transparent on the verge of translucent. Brownish with garnet hues. It has great head retention. It produced a 1 finger head that slowly dissipated to a thick crown on the surface of the glass. It leaves moderate lacing behind on the glass.

Smell - The smell is amazing. There is a lot going on in this brew. I can smell sweet notes of chocolate, toffee, caramel and burnt sugar. There are dark fruit notes of fig, cherry, plum, raisin, along with hints of red apple. There is a hint of spice as well - ginger and cinnamon. There is a hint of booze that peaks through, but it is pretty well hidden for 10.2% ABV. Very floral and wispy - hints of cherry blossom and lavender.

Taste - The taste is pretty amazing too. It is extremely complex and deep. It is very similar to the smell. There are the same notes of chocolate, toffee, caramel and burnt sugar. The bready notes from the malt are much more prevalent in the flavor than they are in the scent. The dark fruit notes come through in a nice balance with the malt notes and candi sugar. Raisin, fig, and cherry are the primary fruit flavors that peak through, intermingling with the spice flavor of cinnamon. There is a very distant floral hop note that comes through at the end of the flavor, providing an extremely slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel - This mouthfeel is perfect. The brew is full bodied and sticky. It coats all of the mouth and stays there. There is a perfect level of carbonation here - just enough to cut through the body and keep the brew feeling interesting. Incredibly smooth, creamy and velvety.

Drinkability - This beer is perfectly drinkable. I didn't want it to live up to the hype, but it did. It is a fantastic beer. I don't know if I could point at a beer and call it the best in the world, but this is one of the most well-crafted beers out there. Even at 10.2%ABV, I could session this beer. It would be a mainstay in my beer rotation if it didn't require giving up shares of my soul to acquire it.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 03:13:31 | More by MiguelMandingo
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4.33/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

04.12.10 on the cap.

A- brownish, red highlights, very similar in appearance to the dubbel. The light tan head had very good retention, creamy.

S- Black currants dominated. Wasn't able to pick out a whole lot of other stuff here, other than the standard Belgian smell. This beer mainly just has a real fruity nose, didn't really notice a lot of alcohol.

T- Dark fruit, almost grape-ish like 8 but it's more muted in this. Malts that are only very slightly roasted appear to contribute to the malt base here. No real roastiness or anything but a darker sweet malt presence.

M/D- very smooth, not too heavy on the tongue... pretty spot on in terms of feeling great in the mouth.. I think that really adds to its enjoyability even though I don't think the flavors are mind blowing or anything.

Solid beer I thought, I really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 05:30:55 | More by MiScusi
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New York

4.88/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is damn close to perfect. Balanced fruits, bready, malt, spices. The body is light. I don't recall ever drinking a quad with anything close to this body and mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden. There is little reason for me to wax on about this beer. Many reviews have nailed it.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 00:01:29 | More by LittleBreeze
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5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can a mere mortal write in the presence of such greatness?

A: A cloudy brown, with yeasties floating all around. Big, luscious head, with a little chocolate swirl of brown at the end of the pour.

S: Brown sugar, raisins, citrus rind, fruitcake.

T: Chocolate, coffee, candied citrus, clove, brandy, nice sweetness balanced by the citrus esters and a little bitter hopiness.

M: Luscious, creamy, coats the entire mouth with a glorious sweetness and a little hoppy/citrus aftertaste.

D: The very definition of drinkability in moderation, as the alcohol comes through eventually.

This may not always prevail as the greatest beer on earth, but it deserves a place in heaven.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 02:49:12 | More by Beerenauslese
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4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from an 11.2oz brown bottle into a stemmed tulip snifter glass. Thanks to fellow BA roadhouse for sharing this one.

A= This ale poured a murky, dirty dishwater tan/brown color. With a gentle pour, the off-white head was about 3/4" and creamy looking. Some hit and miss lacing down the glass.

S= Huge alcohol presence in the nose, but also some sweet malty and fruity notes in there too. Mild spice toward the end.

T= Amazingly complex and tasty. Flavors were a balance of bready malt and dark fruits (figs, raisins, apples) as well as a spiciness (cinnamon, clove) that was pleasant and not overwhelming. Alcohol was present in the finish but not nearly as hot as I would have predicted from the aroma.

MF= Medium bodied. Feel was soft despite the very active carbonation release.

D= Definitely a world class ale, and deserved of its following. I have a hard time saying it is the best beer in the world, but certainly a great beer that I will drink any time I can.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 20:09:03 | More by spointon
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5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Where are these monks hiding the alcohol? This beer was deliciously complex and balanced that I could not taste the 10.2% alcohol until I was working on a nice buzz. There is nothing I could say about this beer that has not been said before so all I want to add is, if you haven't had one get one. You won't be disappointed even if you pay $20 a bottle like I did. (I would have paid $50 if I knew it was so damn good.)

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 03:31:17 | More by dalion037
Photo of CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

4.63/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I want to preface this review by saying that my girlfriend picked this up for me having no idea what it was. Fortune smiled.

Pours a murky reddish-brown with a big off-white head. More carbonation than I would have expected. Yeast from the bottle leaves a dark red mark in the head and last throughout which is really cool looking. Substantial lacings.

A real satisfying port-like aroma, nothing like combining my two favourite tipples! Alcohol characterizes everything but it certainly isn't overbearing, comes across as wine-soaked fruit. I get cinnamon covered apples like a dark cider. Standard style notes like plum, raisins and dates. It's incredibly rounded.

Serious malt backbone. Thick, boozy brown raisin bread. A fruity combination of plums and dates and nice sweet berries makes this alot more balanced than alot of quads. Cloves but not overpowering. Likewise, generous hopping leaves a spicy finish resembling bitter cocoa. Alcohol is not strong at all, I'm actually kind of shocked, I was expecting a real burning beer, but it isn't.

Best to have it only very slightly chilled, otherwise the lively carbonation takes out a bit of the flavour. As it warms it smooths out quite a bit eventually becoming quite creamy.

Certainly deserving of the hype. An excellent beer and probably my favourite of the quads.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 23:37:32 | More by CanuckRover
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

got in a trade from cubbyswans - thanks. Bottle dated 02.07.11

poured into a chalice.

A - Pours a dark brown, with reddish tones. Head quickly settled to a thin layer and ring around.

S - Fruity/spicy/yeasty. Slight scent of alcohol.

T - Fruity, sweet, tart linger

M - Medium, good level of carbonation.

D - Very good beer. Alcohol is well hidden, but still kicks.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 20:37:08 | More by tedpeer
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4.88/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my 500th review, I thought I would make it a special one. Poured this .33L brown bottle (with raised neck ring) into a Westmalle glass. Cap was dated 8.09.11. The body was hazy and a dull plum color. The creamy, irregular head had an iridescence in the light tan bubbles. Some foam remained throughout.

Smell was of cola and light molasses. Stewed apples with a dash of cinnamon.

Taste was raisins and apples. Mellowed to perfection, nicely balanced. Each element compliments the other, not negating one another. Distinct, rich maltiness is countered with a tangy long finish. Taste surpassed the aroma, which I don't experience often enough.

Mouthfeel was zesty yet smooth. Very drinkable. Very well hidden alcohol. This is not one of my favorite styles but I would never pass the opportunity to enjoy one of these.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 16:04:15 | More by Cresant
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4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown with red edges, good lacing and nice head. Looks a lot like the 8 it would be hard to tell them apart sitting next to each other.

S- Mellow some alcohol and malt maybe some hops but shadowed.

T- I find myself hesitating to take a drink....
Wow semi sweet some tartness but a little. Wonderful malt very smooth flavor with caramel in the background just very very nice.

M- Smooth very nice just lovely, can't beat this mouth feel.

D- Very drinkable you don't taste the high ABV at all.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 16:35:38 | More by beckje01
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4.13/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tasting glass. I believe this beer to be just under a year old. Thank you beerisheaven for allowing me to purchase a few from you.

A: A murky brownish color with lots of yeasty sediment at the end of the pour. Small quick leaving off white head. Full long glass lacing.

S: Fruity with some slight spicy yeasty smell with some faint hops and a bit of candy. A bit of alcohol smell on the nose too.

T: Wow. I get a sweetness up front with hints of dark fruit, raisons, and banana with caramel and candy which immediately turns into a tartiness with some hops. The subtle spice flavor of clove nestles in towards the back end with the lingering fruity sweetness coming back in. Nice long aftertaste. Let this beer warm up and all the flavors get more pronounced.

M: Full and coating with a fairly full alcohol feel on the finish. I think this would do better with some age.

D: A great sipper and one bottle is enough. The alcohol does come through with this young specimen and it does affect drinkability.

Overall I can see the hype with this beer. The flavors are so complex and I can see how this beer will get better with age. This is not my favorite style, but no doubt I enjoyed it. I have 2 more that I am going to age probably 2+ years and I'll see how they are then...my guess is it will get even better. I'm really lucky to have the chance to try this ultra rare beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 14:33:53 | More by Kadonny
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4.45/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle with date of 04/23/11 into a snifter. Thanks to ygtbsm94 for the trade.

Appears almost black in dim lighting but when held up to light it is clearly brownish mahogany. A bit cloudy from the sediment. One inch thick light tan head sinks to a centimeter thick skim and leaves a small amount of lacing.

Aroma has some sweet sugary notes with a nice dark fruitiness like figs and plums. There is also a light spicy character in there as well but it blends with the alcohol. A bit of caramel in the back as well and even a light earthy hop character.

Taste begins with some sugary sweetness before the figs and plum quickly blend in. A little caramel and toffee flavors and a bit of clovey phenols collide with a nice earthy hop flavor that lingers on into the finish with a light sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium, with the perfect level of carbonation and a wonderful chewiness to it.

Though this is certainly a great beer, I would definitely not say that it's the best in the world. Personally, I prefer Rochefort 10 over this, and that one is incredibly easier to obtain. If this was as available as Rochefort I doubt that it would be rated as high as it is. It's just one of those beers you have to try though so if you can I would highly recommend trading for it.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 06:28:03 | More by roadhouse
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4.58/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to milwaukeeclassic & akorsak, who offered up this gem in trades within days of one another this summer. Split a bottle with the wife because it's...well, Thursday, & I felt like cracking one open.

Took a while for this one show its colors. It was too cold coming out of the fridge & after a few sips I wondered what all the hype was about. After a bit of cradling, the beer really opened up. The standoff-ishness vanished, & the dark fruits, warm alcohol, & almost wine-like smell really came out.

Sweet without being cloying, & not overpowered with booze. I can't say this is the best beer I've ever had, but it's a damn good quadrupel, & better with every warmed up sip. I'll let the last one sit a bit before I pop it open.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 03:02:41 | More by maximum12
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5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Eric for this amazing brew. From a bottle that is a few years aged. The taste was amazingly smooth. A great body and head. The overall taste is fruity, perhaps raisins or prunes with a sweeter strawberry. But the fruity taste is also combined with hops and some spices. Awesome. No need to say anything but top notch.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 01:10:42 | More by Douglas88
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4.88/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a buddy of mine shipped 4 of these to me for when he was home from iraq on R&R. thanks again mike!!! we were definately not let down. I'm not sure if its the best beer in the world...but it sure can't be far down the list. pours a beautiful dark color with a couple finger head in a chimay goblet. first taste is very, very smooth with an abundance of flavors. drinks extremely smooth without a harsh alcohol taste for such a strong beer. overall one of the best beers I've had the pleasure of drinking,even for a hophead like me. a trip to the monastery is in my future hopefully. I would recommend this one to anyone!

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 06:17:50 | More by madnick
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
100 out of 100 based on 4,481 ratings.